Saturday, February 24, 2018

T&T whipped by Auckland in warm-up

Trinidad and Tobago had a decent outing with the bat against Auckland Aces in their Champions League Twenty20 warm-up match at Centurion yesterday, but did not have the bowling strength to complete the win.

A ten-man T&T squad arrived in South on Saturday and played their only warm-up match ahead of the Champions League qualifiers, with their first match set for Wednesday.

T&T muscled their way to a competitive 151 for six against the New Zealand champions without the likes of their top batsmen in Lendl Simmons, Darren Bravo and skipper Denesh Ramdin, who were part of the West Indies side that defeated Sri Lanka in the ICC T20 World Cup final in Colombo, Sri Lanka yesterday.

Auckland replied with 153 for two to seal an eight-wicket win. T&T were also missing two of their top bowlers in Ravi Rampaul and Samuel Badree, who were also in the T20 World Cup final.

T&T will not be too concerned about yesterday's loss wtih the upcoming assignments in the qualifiers on Wednesday and Thursday against English county side Yorkshire and Sri Lanka's Uva Next respectively.

The five players in Sri Lanka will travel to South Africa today to link up with T&T in South Africa to start their final preparations.

While T&T lost their warm-up encounter, their opponents in the qualifiers started their respective campaigns with victories in their warm-up games yesterday.

Uva Next defeated Hampshire by six wickets to boost their confidence, while Yorkshire clinched a 23-run win over Pakistan's Sialkot Stallions.